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Kings shoring up playoff position with OT win over Dallas

Dallas Stars' Trevor Daley, left, skates past the Los Angeles Kings Sunday. The Kings won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Dallas Stars' Reilly Smith, left, collides with Los Angeles Kings' Matt Greene during the first period. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Game 45:  Kings 4, Stars 3 (overtime)

To peep out all the videos online about this game, check out today’s Hockeywood Dailies.

• AP: Kings stand alone in fourth place with OT win

The Kings (26-14-5) moved two points clear of San Jose for fourth place and home-ice advantage in the first round after the Sharks lost to Columbus. Both teams have three games left, with San Jose visiting Los Angeles for the regular-season finale Saturday.

• LA Times: Kings are getting stronger just at the right time

After a rocky start and adjustments on defense made necessary by injuries to Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene, the Kings have rediscovered the formula that a year ago boosted them from the No. 8 seeding in the West to winning the Stanley Cup. They’re blending strong goaltending, punishing defense, good special-teams play and unshakeable resolve, and they’ve calibrated it to come together at precisely the right time.

• Kings edge Stars in overtime

The game-winner was appropriate – a wrist shot by Mike Richards from a steep angle on the left side that deflected off Jeff Carter’s shoulder. Brown added two goals as Los Angeles moved two points ahead of the San Jose Sharks for fourth place in the Western Conference. It assured the Kings of finishing no lower than sixth.

Dustin Brown (left) and Jeff Carter celebrate after a goal against the Dallas Stars at Staples Center Sunday. (Photo by Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images)They said it

“This is just my feeling about this team, that when the games become more meaningful we become a better team. And that’s a positive and a negative because there’s games that maybe you don’t feel they mean as much but they do, early on in the year, and we’ve shown we like to dig a hole and climb out of it a lot. This year probably not as much, but off the start we didn’t play very well.” – Dustin Brown, on how the Kings responded Sunday.

“No matter how you get them, I guess, you get the two points. It’s all that matters. I don’t know how the other games turned out tonight, but I think if we continue winning, they’re going to have to come here at the beginning of the playoffs. That’s our goal right now. We want to have home ice, and we’re just going to keep fighting every night to get to points every time we go out.” – Jonathan Quick, on the overtime win over Dallas.

“The only team that nobody should want to play, quite honestly, is the team that’s lost only five games this year. I don’t think we’re selective about that.” Coach Darryl Sutter, on who the Kings DON’T want to play in the first round in the playoffs.

Hockeywood Dailies: SCF Game 3 interviews

The golden voice of Al Michaels talks about this remarkable run of the Kings and how we’re all living in a dream.

Wayne Gretzky dropped the puck prior to Game 3.

Hockey Night in Canada brings in The Great One to give his analysis of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final.

NBC Sports interviews the Wayner.

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick speaks to the media following Game 3.

Anze Kopitar, Justin Williams, and Jeff Carter spoke with the media.

Dustin Brown spoke with the media.

Drew Doughty was interviewed on the ice after the game.

Doughty also spoke with the media.

Rob Scuderi spoke with the media.

Jarret Stoll was interviewed on the ice.

Stoll also spoke with the media.

Here’s coach Darryl Sutter’s postgame presser.

Hockeywood Dailies: Feb. 25

Jim Fox and Patrick O’neal break down the Kings’ shutout win.

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Dustin spoke to the media after coming off the ice.

New Kings Jeff Carter spoke to the media after the game.

Here’s coach Darryl Sutter’s postgame presser.